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Of tremendous interest is a scheduled presentation by Dr. Judy Mikovits titled “Can Cannabis Cure Autism? We Don’t Know, But It’s a Question Worth Asking.” Dr. Mikovits, whose long and distinguished career in immune dysfunction and retrovirology said, “Given the potential to mitigate human suffering and lost potential, not only is cannabis as a cure for autism a question worth asking, it is criminal not to do so.” The Endocannabinoid/Cannabis Medicine track features speakers including John Hicks, MD; Christopher Shade, PhD; Jesse Stanley; Tracy Fritz, MD; Christian Bogner, MD; Brandie Cross, PhD; and Fran Kendall, MD. There is also an Endocannabinoid Medicine Certificate Seminar for professionals and a Medical Cannabis Panel featuring many of the leading advocates from around the country.
“Cannabis and hemp have already proven to be extremely effective for seizures and sleep disorders for children with autism,” said Dr. Hicks. “The healing properties of both have only begun to be investigated.” Ed Arranga, the president of AutismOne, stated, “Autism is not a psychological disorder or a genetic defect. Autism is an umbrella term covering a collection of chronic comorbid conditions, including abnormal gut flora, allergies, seizures, arthritis neurological sequelae, asthma, autonomic dysfunction, chronic rubella arthritis, colitis, ear infections, eczema, immune dysregulation, incontinence, leaky gut, Lyme disease, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), sleep disorders, mitochondrial dysfunction, neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcus), rheumatoid arthritis, severe headaches/migraines, and subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE).”
As Professor Raphael Mechoulam has noted, “It is believed that because endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the brain and in every major organ of the body is one reason that cannabis treats so many varied illnesses. Countering the chronic comorbid conditions in children with autism, are cannabinoid’s medical properties, which include acting as an antiemetic, anticonvulsant, antipsychotic, anti- inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-tumoral, anxiolytic, and anti-depressant. “It’s an exciting time,” continued Arranga. “For decades, truthful and accurate information about cannabis and autism has been the exception. Now, finally, the medical benefits of cannabis are being recognized, and children with autism are getting better. Ironically, two communities that were written off are coming together to help each other.”
To learn more about AutismOne’s Endocannabinoid/Cannabis Medicine Track please visit >> www.autismone.org/content/endocannabinoid-medicine- track. ###
AutismOne | AutismOne is a nonprofit, parent-driven organization that provides education and supports advocacy efforts for children and families touched by an autism diagnosis. For over 15 years we have helped thousands of children with autism get better, many recover given the proper treatments and therapies. Learn more at >> www.autismone.org. "
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 05:45 AM:
Hannah has suffered multiple seizures daily all her life, and pharmaceutical remedies have never proven completely effective. So, a year and a half ago, Amber and Paul Loew and their three children loaded everything they own into a moving van and moved to Colorado Springs. "We left everything," said Amber Loew, so they could legally obtain cannabis oil they hoped would give Hannah a better quality of life. >> http://www.khou.com/story/news/health/2015/11/12/medical-refugees-leave-texas-for-marijuana-treatments/75634138/ "
Friday, September 4, 2015 at 10:31 AM:
New York lawmakers passed a medical marijuana bill last month, but the law won't go into effect for another year and a half. Since its passage, two other children with seizure disorders similar to Conte's have also died. Advocates say these tragedies exemplify the urgent need to implement the law, and are pressuring legislators to speed up the process so terminally ill patients will be able to access medical cannabis sooner than 18 months from now. "Several more children are likely to die waiting for New York to implement its medical marijuana program," Judy Netherland, a spokesperson for the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement Tuesday. "While not all of these deaths can be prevented by medical marijuana, we have a moral obligation to make this medicine available as soon as possible."
New York's medical marijuana law came to fruition after years of resistance from both conservative state lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Conte's mother, Wendy, repeatedly lobbied legislators on behalf of her daughter, and her family's story is largely credited for ultimately getting the bill to pass. "Her courage, and the courage of her family, directly led to my sponsorship of legalized medical marijuana in New York," said State Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), one of the first Republican lawmakers to publicly support the medical cannabis bill, in a statement following Conte's passing. "She was a courageous little girl, who suffered as no child ever should."
Strains of medical marijuana that are high in cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive ingredient that doesn't cause users to feel "high," have proven extremely effective in treating seizure disorders. Rather than smoking, patients ingest the drug in pill or liquid form, making it accessible for young people. As a result, families are flocking to states like Colorado, where a special strain of cannabis known as "Charlotte's Web" has been used successfully by hundreds of children, and California, where kids are experiencing the benefits of similar treatments. (Conte's own family had been in the process of relocating to Colorado from Buffalo, New York, before New York's medical marijuana bill passed.)
Doctors who have used high- cannabidiol medical marijuana on their young patients have marveled at the drug's efficacy. "It's completely remarkable," Colorado-based Dr. Margaret Gedde told The Huffington Post earlier this year. One of Gedde's patients, 10- year-old Zaki Jackson, used to endure thousands of seizures every day. He had been prescribed 17 different pharmaceutical medications, which caused side effects like weight gain and insomnia but failed to stop the seizures. He then tried the "Charlotte's Web" strain of cannabis, and has been seizure-free since beginning his medical marijuana treatment more than a year ago.
"He's now able to start developing as a normal child. He's a delightful, charming kid," Gedde said. "Before that he couldn't even be in contact with people. It was a dramatic, complete change." Success stories like Jackson's have inspired other states to follow suit. In recent months, similar efforts have gained momentum even in conservative states: Georgia is exploring using medical marijuana in clinical trials to treat seizure disorders, and Florida passed a limited-access cannabis law earlier this month.
Through her grief, Wendy Conte vows to continue to fight on behalf of other sick children in New York, joining Judy Netherland's call for lawmakers to establish an emergency access program for patients with chronic conditions. "They can figure out a way to get this done," she told the Buffalo News. "If they truly want to help these children, they'll find a way." >> http://cannabisnews.com/news/28/thread28191.shtml "
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A study published in the July 1, 1997 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics examined 2,964 infants for fatal outcomes during their first two years of life.
Forty-four percent of the children tested positive for drugs targeted by the DEA, including 30.5 percent for cocaine, 20.2 percent for opiates, and 11.4 percent for cannabis. Strikingly, cannabis not only had the lowest infant mortality rate, but at 8.9 deaths per 1,000 births, it ranked considerably lower than babies who did not test positive for any drugs. Babies who pissed clean actually had 15.7 deaths per 1,000 births. Cannabis babies had nearly half the mortality rate.
Incidentally, crack babies had 17.7 deaths per 1,000 births, and those on the junk had 18.4 deaths per 1,000 births. Even the hard stuff caused only a slightly higher incident of death.
And here's a link to the paper mentioned in the article: Mortality Within the First 2 Years in Infants Exposed to Cocaine, Opiate, or Cannabinoid During Gestation - Objective. To determine the mortality rate, during the first 2 years of life, in infants who were exposed to cocaine, opiate, or cannabinoid during gestation. "
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The report stated that her doctor would not grant an interview or prescribe marijuana for her to use which is probably accurate as it can't be prescribed. But they then said "the dispensary in Portland wrote the prescription, which is perfectly legal." ( 8:20 - 8:35) They also say her dadÂ hasÂ "a dispensary card that allows him to be the delivery agent of medical marijuana." (8:40) What does that even mean? I hope one day the reporters will get it right as I continue to see reports misstating the laws, reporting things are legal when they are not, and generally offering inaccurate information. I also hope those being interviewed will get their facts straight. Reporters may misquote us some of the time, but if we stay accurate, we make their job of getting accurate info out to the public, easier and factual.
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VICE's Weediquette came to Oregon to Discuss Brave Mykayla's Cannabis treatment with us. We had an awesome time and would love to share the episode with you all. Just go to www.vice.com - "Medical marijuana is legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia, but there are still use cases that are very controversial, like medical marijuana for children. Some claim it's a wonder drug for epilepsy, severe autism, and even to quell the harsh side effects of chemotherapy, while others decry pumping marijuana into still-growing bodies. We went to the small town of Pendleton, Oregon, where medical marijuana is legal, to visit Mykayla Comstock, an eight- year-old leukemia patient who takes massive amounts of weed to treat her illness. Her family, and many people we met along the way, believe not only in the palliative aspects of the drug, but also in marijuana's curative effect-that pot can literally shrink tumors." - www.vice.com/weediquette-show/stoned-kids "
Thursday, November 21 at 11:09 AM:
Sierra Riddle made headlines recently for moving to Colorado, where medical and recreational marijuana is legal, to try and help her son Landon battle Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) with a cannabis oil and a strain of medical marijuana called Charlotte's Web grown in the state. Shortly after she began the medical marijuana treatment however, Riddle said a case worker with Human Services began investigating her when a local doctor reported her for refusing Landon's chemotherapy treatments.
“They are not only forcing me to do something against my will as a parent, they are forcing me to make my child sick,” Riddle told CBS4 News. Landon's grandma Wendy Riddle maintains a Facebook page called "Offer Hope for Landon," where she and Landon's family can post updates about his treatment. - www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/08/sierra-riddle_n_4065126.html?utm_hp_ref=medical-marijuana "
Thursday, November 21 at 10:59 AM:
"I'm pleased the legislature accepted my recommendations so that suffering children can get the treatment they need," said Christie, seen as a likely 2016 contender for the Republican presidential nomination. "This new law will help sick kids access the program while also keeping in place appropriate safeguards." The New Jersey state Assembly approved the legislative changes on Monday, after the state Senate voted to approve the revised bill in mid- August.
Advocates for medical marijuana said they were pleased by the signing and claimed credit for a pressure campaign that they said prompted Christie's move to sign the bill. - www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/11/chris-christie-medical- marijuana_n_3909162.html?utm_hp_ref=medical-marijuana "
Thursday, November 21 at 10:54 AM:
In June there were only 35 kids under the age of 18 on the Colorado patient registry, but as of August that number rose to 60. Medical marijuana is legal for minors in the state and in at least 15 states and the District of Columbia, as long as they have some form of parental consent. The increase of patients in August coincided with the airing of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's CNN documentary "WEED" which featured the medical marijuana success story of 6-year-old Charlotte Figi. Charlotte was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of prolonged seizures that begin in infancy and can result in death. The young girl was having over 300 tonic-clonic seizures a week and her mother Paige Figi said the family had "reached the end of the road" with pharmaceutical drugs for her, so they began to consider cannabis. - www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/medical-marijuana-pediatric-epilepsy_n_4137260.html?utm_hp_ref=medical-marijuana "
Thursday, November 21 at 10:50 AM:
But while still living in Utah, Sierra watched her little boy become violently ill from the chemotherapy -- Landon suffered nerve-damage in his legs, nausea that led to vomiting dozens of times a day, intense pain and at one point went 25 days without eating following the treatment, according to CNN. "Around the clock, he was usually on liquid morphine, Ativan, Promethexane," Sierra told CNN back in July. "And it just really didn't seem to be helping."
Feeling like her family "didn't have anything left to lose" she looked into medical marijuana treatment. She moved her family to Colorado Springs, Colo. to benefit from the state's marijuana laws and started to give Landon liquid forms of both Cannabidiol, or CBD, and Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. "Within four weeks we could see the improvement," Sierra told KRDO. Users of medical marijuana have said that THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that is associated with the "high" sensation, can also be an effective pain killer as well as inhibit feelings of nausea. - www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/30/marijuana-over-chemo_n_4017985.html?utm_hp_ref=medical-marijuana "
Thursday, November 21 at 10:47 AM:
“They were worried about the possibility of break-ins, armed robbery that kind of thing,” mother Green explains. “He (the referee) put that out as a possibility and that warranted immediate danger for the child.” The Greens and their attorney contend they had a legal right to have the drug since she is a licensed caregiver and father Green has epilepsy, but Child Protective Service workers, charged with protecting children from abuse, saw it differently and petitioned for the right to remove the baby from the home. In round one, the state won.
Gordon Steven Green uses the drug to treat his epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. This is certainly not the only incident.. In fact, it's not even the only recent incident in Michigan. A California couple claims in a recent lawsuit that they lost their son for a year because the father took medically-prescribed pot for migraines he suffers after being exposed to chemicals during the Gulf War. California couple Daisy Bram and Jayme Walsh also lost custody of their kids. An Idaho couple who advocate for marijuana legalization had their kids taken away in April. The New York Times reported in 2011 that hundreds of parents in New York state have faced child neglect charges and risked losing custody just for admitting to smoking pot, or possessing an amount too small to merit criminal charges.
The idea that foster care is preferable to otherwise loving parents who happened to grow or occasionally smoke pot is absurd, especially given the state of foster care in some places. More absurd, in a number of these cases the police found the pot after staging dangerous, highly volatile SWAT raids on the families. So the cops bust in with guns, often at night, screaming, generally scaring the hell out of everyone, and -- every once in a while -- accidentally killing someone. The same government that sent in the SWAT team then takes the kids, or charges the parents with neglect, because "marijuana puts children at risk." - www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/baby-bree_n_4043860.html?utm_hp_ref=medical-marijuana "
Thursday, November 21 at 10:40 AM:
"Immediate harm is required by law to remove a child from his or her home. The science and toxicology of cannabis have proven that cannabis is NOT harmful. But surely, ripping families apart is," states a post submitted to Ladybud Magazine, a publication with "a focus on activism specific to Drug War reform and other socially progressive issues." According to its website, Moms For Marijuana seeks to "spread awareness, increase and promote education, and create educated discussion within our local communities that is based upon scientific evidence, critical thinking, and logic." - www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/25/moms-for-marijuana-parents-rally_n_4158606.html?utm_hp_ref=medical-marijuana "
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